BYREDO BAL D’AFRIQUE – A scent to remember

I don’t know about you guys, but I love fragrances! I’ve already talked about how much I adore  Jo Malone and their range of scents, but I tend to change up my perfume every now and then to explore and find a new favorite. Over the years, I’ve noticed that when I wear a specific scent on a vacation or during a big event- it always reminds me of those specific moments. The same is with scents on other people- when I smell Chloe Rose or Love, Chloe I always think of my mom & other fragrances tend to remind me of my friends. I love the effect scents can have on your memory and your mood and I’m always excited when a new fragrance finds it’s way to my collection.

The newest fragrance in my collection is very special to me- my brother Raimundas gave it to me as a late birthday present after smelling it on one of our best friends, Egle! It’s BYREDO BAL D’AFRIQUE. I’ve never had such a chic and luxury fragrance and was fascinated to read about the company and the inspiration behind the different scents. He bought the perfume in Creme de la Creme & gifted it in their beautiful gift bag alongisde some samples I’m really excited to try! I was a bit worried about how I was going to react to the scent at first since they can be very personal and really depends on your taste, but I was extremely delighted when I smelled it. It’s so soft and floral but not too sweet or too musky. It has notes of bergamot, lemon, neroli, african marigold, bucchu, violet, jasmin petals, cyclamen, black amber, musk, vetiver & moroccan cedarwood. The scent’s inspiration lays behind 1920’s Paris when the city was infatuated with an idiosyncratic and fantastical vision of African culture, music and dance.

Scent description: A vivacious blast of sunny citrus with just a pinch of spicy marigold makes a suitably dramatic entrance, leading to a brew of green bucchu, sheer and aqueous cyclamen and sweet violet. At center stage is the ever-bewitching vetiver, earthy and spicy, and smoothed with sweet amber and warm musk until it becomes velvety and almost edible. An extra soupçon of growl is provided by cedar wood, but the overall effect is less voracious man-eating tiger and more of a mischievous tiger cub – sweet and adorable, but it still has claws.

It’s definitely a very unique scent and the fact that it’s quite hard to get also makes it that more special. As I mentioned- scents for me are often associated with any life events that happened when I wore this fragrance, so I’m excited to always remember this summer and the beautiful seaside trip Raimundas, Egle and I took every time I spritz some of this eau de parfum on 🙂

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